3 1/2 Stars
My exposure to the Lego brand is limited to some imaginative tinkering during my pre-pubescent years. In the time since, the brand had grown exponentially and acquired the licensing rights to a myriad of other intellectual properties. Established franchises such as DC Comics, Lucas Film, etc. have all been re-imagined through the process of multi-colored plastic interlocking bricks. The fiendishly amusing and lovingly crafted Lego Movie is a blast, this is the first toy/movie cross-over that feels warranted. It doesn’t surprise that Chris Mckay’s name is listed in the production credits along with director Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. McKay’s Robot Chicken program on Adult Swim sports much of he same irreverent humor and dry comedy that is prevalent in this tale.
2 1/2 Stars
We have reached a point in the digital age when second-tier animation looks as vibrant and polished as their big-named contemporaries. The visuals look fantastic, animal furs shimmer and cartoon humans move around with freedom and clarity, the holes show through in the second-rate stories that inevitably are forgettable, less witty variations on the common themes that show up in the genre. The prevailing message here is that sharing is better than being selfish, its stand procedure there. It’s a shame though since the movie plays best when its lead character is being incorrigible and self-serving, especially as voiced by the amusingly arrogant Will Arnett.